Health officials report 957 new cases, 30 new deaths in Tennessee

WATCH: Shelby County task force gives update on COVID-19 - Sept. 15

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health announced 957 new coronavirus cases statewide with an increase of 30 deaths.

The department now reports a total of 175,231 cases in the Volunteer State with 169,893 being confirmed and 5,338 being probable.

The total number of deaths has risen to 2,127 with 2,050 being confirmed and 77 being probable.

TDH also reports 35 new hospitalizations bringing the total to 762. There have been more than 2 million tests administered statewide.

According to TDH, 1,852 more people have recovered bringing the total number of recoveries to 158,660.

The Shelby County Health Department confirmed a case increase of 213 new COVID-19 cases since Monday morning with no additional deaths reported.

The health department says the total case count is now at 29,330 with the death toll remaining at 424.

And with 1,399 active cases in Shelby County, there are 8,608 residents currently in quarantine. The county’s latest case positivity rate is at 10.6%.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 15
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 15 (Source: WMC)

SCHD has been keeping a watchful eye on health care resources in the Mid-South using a system to track utilization as COVID-19 cases increase along with hospitalizations.

ICU utilization is in the yellow zone coming in at 83%, according to the chart provided by the health department below.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 15
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 15 (Source: WMC)

Along with hospitalizations, long-term care facilities are heavily on the health department’s radar. There are 20 facilities with ongoing coronavirus clusters where two or more cases have been identified. Both residents and staff have been affected by the outbreaks.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 15
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 15 (Source: WMC)

A separate set of facilities have resolved their clusters, according to SCHD. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility goes 28 consecutive days without reporting a new case of the virus.

Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 15
Shelby County COVID-19 numbers - Sept. 15 (Source: WMC)

On Tuesday, the health department confirmed there are two clusters at the University of Memphis that are under investigation. One is within athletics. Last week the U of M football team was suspended due to COVID-19 concerns.

There are 36 cases among staff and students.

To stay up-to-date about COVID-19 in Shelby County, visit https://insight.livestories.com/.

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